The Luke Batty Foundation is pleased to announce the formalisation of an agreement to receive ongoing pro bono and financial support from Deloitte Australia.
Marking 2017 International Women’s Day, Rosie Batty, said, “Deloitte Australia and the Luke Batty Foundation have been on a journey together for the last two years through a genuine, shared commitment to addressing domestic and family violence.”
A Deloitte report has estimated the current annual cost of domestic and family abuse to the national economy at $13.6 billion, which could rise to $15.6 billion by 2021/2022.
“Deloitte understands that employers have an important part to play in addressing a serious social problem from which no one is immune,” Ms Batty said.
Under the joint agreement, the Luke Batty Foundation will become one of Deloitte’s national community partners along with Oxfam, High Resolves and Canteen.
The Luke Batty Foundation will also share its learnings with Deloitte as the firm continues to shape its Domestic and Family Abuse policies and practices.
Deloitte CEO Cindy Hook said: “Rosie has done some amazing work and our contribution to the Luke Batty Foundation is one of the many ways we contribute to combating domestic and family violence and making a community impact that matters.”
Deloitte Australia will provide the Luke Batty Foundation with support including:
- Providing work space in Deloitte’s Melbourne CBD office
- Significant pro bono professional services each year
- An annual donation from The Deloitte Foundation
- Skilled volunteering opportunities including on Deloitte’s Impact Day, held every November.
- Deloitte and the Luke Batty Foundation will explore mutual exchanges through a business alliance the Luke Batty Foundation intends to establish
- Deloitte will also welcome input from the Luke Batty Foundation to help shape its policies and practices
In 2015, Deloitte Access Economics launched a report titled "Change for a better future, addressing domestic and family violence together: The role of business". The report said government, community and business must work together to ameliorate Australia’s domestic and family violence burden, including through workplace leave policies for victims and Domestic Violence awareness training policies, which Deloitte Australia has also implemented.